Sir Hekenukumai Pūhipi (Hector Busby) looks back on his legacy
of Polynesian navigation and waka building and considers who will
carry the mantle into the future.
In He Hekenga Tūhura, we journey with 86-year-old Polynesian
master waka builder and celestial navigator Sir Hector Busby
through the past, the present and into the future as
he reflects on his life's achievements and how his knowledge
will be passed on.
'Sir Hec' has given his life to the restoration of Māori
seafaring traditions. He built his first waka in the early 1970s,
seeking out knowledge that in those days was in danger of being
This former bridge builder has built over 20 waka, sailed over
30,000 nautical miles, and has completed the 'pacific triangle' -
linking Aotearoa, Hawaii and Rapa Nui/Easter Island.
The big question is, 'Who will follow in Sir Hector's
footsteps?' Someone must carry the knowledge into the future. Who
will the next carvers, builders and navigators be?
We are lucky to have been selected for short documentary
initiative Loading Docs and we are also incredibly proud to say
that this documentary is going to be in 100% Te Reo Maori.
Sir Uncle Hector has been an inspiration to my whanau and to
the people of Aotearoa for many years. But there are also many who
don't know who he is and his important mahi.
After 40 years of learning celestial/pacific navigation, and now
86 years old, his health is deteriorating. It is incredibly
important at this stage to detail what we can about his story while
we still can. What are his most fond memories? What regrets does he
have in life? If he could turn back the clock, what would he do
Sir Hec has become well known around the world. With his waka
school receiving new funding, now it is time for us to look
to the future to see who will be continuing his work in
revitalising waka traditions in the years to come, right here, in
What will it be like?
We are very proud to say that this documentary is going to be in
100% Te Reo Maori. The documentary will also feature people that
have been a significant part of Sir Hector's life, helping us get a
greater understanding of his achievements and why he took on the
challenge of navigation. It will also feature those that have been
part of his navigation journey. Whether they were carvers,
navigators, friends and/or family.
How will the donations be spent?
This is an all or nothing campaign. Loading Docs will contribute
$5500, IF we reach our target of $2500. So we need your help. As
you already know, making any documentary whether long or short is
an incredibly difficult task. So we appreciate any help we can get.
If we raise more than our target of $2500, we will be able to
travel further to film people that have been part of Hector's life
and potentially even get out on the water on a Waka or two. A
larger budget will not only make production and post production
smoother, it will really help us tell something truly
Where can you see the short documetry?
When the documentary is made it will be released on the Loading
Docs website and TVNZ On-demand. Essentially, you will be able to
see it online for free: meaning you will be able to share it with
your friends and family. Our goal is also for us to get the
documentary into festivals, both in New Zealand and
internationally. We believe this documentary has a serious message,
and touches on something incredibly important to indigenous peoples
around the world. We would love it to reach as many people as
possible, and get on as many screens as we possibly can.
Thank you for your time - every donation gets us closer to
making this film a reality. We really appreciate your support.
Allan George (Ngati Kahungunu) is a writer/director/editor who
has worked on such shows as The Crowd Goes Wild, Shortland Street
and Only in Aotearoa. He is also a 5 time Tropfest NZ finalist and
winner of the LA Shorts Fest 'Best Screenplay Award' (Academy
Award-Accredited). He has a love for storytelling and has always
wanted to tell a story about his Uncle Hector, detailing the man
who has inspired many around the world.
Moehau has iwi affiliations with Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti
Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti
His work experience has included working for South Pacific
Pictures and Māori TV. He has free-lanced in big budget film
productions, advertisements, music video clips and TV shows working
for a range of production companies. He is currently the Video
Producer and Māori Issues Specialist for NZME (New Zealand Media
and Entertainment) with experience in film making, editing,
journalism, social media and cinematography.
Moehau graduated from the University of Waikato with a First
Class Honours in Digital Cinema. He also completed his Bachelor of
Media and Creative Technology double majoring in Te Reo Māori and
Moehau is passionate about increasing visibility of Te Ao Māori
and normalising Māori content in the media. He also has an overall
passion about politics, especially those that impact directly on
Justin Scott (Ngāpuhi) currently works as a
Production Manager and Digital Content Producer for NZME so he has
a fantastic understanding of online marketing and social
strategies. With a varied background in Production and Directing he
has worked on web series, commercials and directed children's
television show "Sticky TV." He has a critical eye for detail and a
passion for telling stories of people from all walks of life.